I feel blessed to have such talented friends, such as the wonderful @sincerelysheri who created the beautiful cover photo (in ten minutes, no less).
The story: this world is in shambles. People are starving, children are dying, hospitals are being targeted by terrorists. There is so much darkness.
How it hits home: one of the Syrian families in RI (not the one I visited this weekend, but another that has close ties with Sanctuary) lost a sister and her seven children today because of bombings in Syria. Absolutely devastating.
What this means: we do the only thing we know how and let them know they are loved and our hearts are with them. Food, cards, visits. It's not enough, but it is something.
The actual best moment: when I first arrived, having not met them before, I introduced myself and shook their hands. I noticed the eldest girl (age 13) was about to lean in for kisses on the cheek, but stopped herself when I stuck out my hand. So, later, I asked. "In Syria, do you say hello with kisses on the cheek?"
She blushed. "Yes."
"One or two?" (this is an important question. Sometimes my Iranian friends do three!)
"Two," she smiled, and she and her younger sisters demonstrated.
When I left, I made sure to say goodbye the proper way, with a kiss on each cheek. It made me feel like I was in Greece again. And I think, in a way, it made us all feel like we were home.